Vassell, Polite help No. 9 Florida State edge Virginia 54-50

Chase for the Championship

Florida State forward Malik Osborne (10) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot in the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

AP rankings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Devin Vassell scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the final seconds, and No. 9 Florida State won its eighth straight game, 54-50 over Virginia on Wednesday night.

Anthony Polite came off the bench to drill four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (15-2, 5-1 ACC), who have won 15 of their last 16.

Mamadi Diakite scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting for Virginia (11-5, 3-3), which turned it over 18 times and made just 21 shots from the floor. Tomas Woldetensae was 3 of 4 from 3-point range but the rest of the Cavaliers were 0 for 11 from beyond the arc.

Virginia, the defending national champion, has lost three straight games.

Trent Forrest had five points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals for FSU. The Seminoles had 10 steals and five blocks.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers were undone by their own mistakes as they made 12 shots from the floor but had 11 turnovers in the first half alone.

Florida State: The Seminoles have defeated three ranked teams — then-No. 6 Florida, then-No. 7 Louisville and then No. 16-Tennessee. Virginia fell out of the rankings this week.

UP NEXT

Virginia: At Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Florida State: At Miami on Saturday.

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